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Senate OKs health care fix-it bill; House is next

President Barack Obama signs a copy of the

President Barack Obama signs a copy of the Affordable Health Care for America Act for a member of Congress after signing the acutual bill during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House. (March 23, 2010) Photo Credit: Getty Images

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has passed a bill reshaping parts of the new health care overhaul law, and is sending it back to the House for final congressional approval.

Democrats eager to get the contentious issue behind them had hoped that the Senate’s 56-43 vote Thursday would finish lawmakers’ work on the measure.

But Republicans managed to kill a minor provision on grants for low-income students that violated Congress’ budget rules. So now, the House has to approve an identical bill before President Barack Obama can sign it.

House leaders predict their chamber will complete the bill by day’s end. The measure boosts health care subsidies for low-income people and reduces new taxes on high-cost health insurance policies.

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